Summary: All of the Patriarchs of the Old Testament were grandparents, and practically every famous person in the Bible was a grandfather or grandmother. Every person in the genealogy of Jesus was a grandparent.
Professor Gordon Rupp, the British historian, was asked how
the church could survive the decades of persecution and
communist propaganda in Russia. His answer was, "It's largely
due to grandparents." The communists made the big mistake of
thinking that because the church was only full of old people it had
no future. They failed to realize that grandparents have an impact
on their grandchildren. The old Russian grandparents passed
their faith on to their grandchildren, and that is why there is a new
revival of Christianity in Russia.
We often look at the masses of youth in our schools and
colleges and say that they are our future, and it is truly so, but let
us not forget that our future is also in the past because the older
people pass on their old values and faith to those masses of youth.
Paul recognized this in the life of young Timothy. He loves
Timothy dearly, but he recognized that his gifted young Christian
servant was not merely a product of his own making. He had a
heritage that went back to grandma Lois. She was the one who had
faith in God, and she passed that faith on to her daughter Eunice,
and together they instilled it in Timothy. He was not a self-made
man. He was a product of a godly heritage that came to him from
The Bible is filled with grandparents. All of the Patriarchs of
the Old Testament were grandparents, and practically every
famous person in the Bible was a grandfather or grandmother.
Every person in the genealogy of Jesus was a grandparent. The
grandfather of Jesus is mentioned 3 times. A major portion of the
Bible was written by grandfathers. But Lois is the only person in
the Bible actually given the label of grandmother. There is one in
the Old Testament given the name grandmother as well. Her name
was Moaca the grandmother of King Asa, but she was a bad
example. So Lois is the only named grandmother in the Bible with
a positive influence.
Her grandson Timothy is one of the major New Testament
servants of God, and Paul's two letters to him are a major part of
the New Testament. We do not know a lot about Lois, but her faith
touched her family, and through her family has touched all of
history. She became an ideal example of the value and influence of
grandparents, and on this grandparents day we want to focus on
the role they play in God's plan for the family. It is of interest to
note that the Greek word for grandmother is mamme. It is very
close to mommy, and from which we get the term of respect, which
Grandparents should be addressed with terms of affection and
respect. A Swedish proverb says, "Where there is a grandmother
in the house the children always have a friend." In a world where
children in greater numbers than ever have to endure the trials of
divorced parents, and multiple kinds of abuse, the grandparents
often are the glue that keeps together any semblance of continuity.
If kids loose the present, but still have a pass to tie into, they can
bridge the gap to the future, but rob them of their grandparents
too and they are cut off and abandoned. That is why the courts in
recent years have given grandparents the right of visitation so that
no matter how messed up the parents are, the children can still
develop a healthy relationship to grandma and grandpa.
Rita Fuentes received this letter from her grandson that
illustrates the impact of grandparents, and one way we can let
them know of our love.
"Dear Nana and Pop-pop:
I was reading a book written by one of my favorite poets, Rod
McKuehn, and all of the sudden the phone rang. Immediately I
scanned my desk top for some kind of bookmark and settled on a
wallet-sized photo of you two from 1983.
After finishing my phone conversation, I opened the book and
saw those two familiar faces saving my place. And then it occurred
to me that the two of you have been saving a place for me for a
long time now.
So basically, in celebration of Grandparents Day, I decided to
let you know that I have a special place saved in my heart for both
When the Star Tribune back in 1991 asked for letters of
affection from 11 thousand students they did not write about
boyfriends and girlfriends, or even about mom and dad, but mainly
about grandparents. One of the main values grandchildren love is
the escape from legalism they experience in their home.
Grandparents will often let rules slide. This is called spoiling the
grandkids, but it is great fun for everyone involved. When I was a